Fuel lines refactor

Fuel lines and software have a distinct similarity. Replace parts of the system when they are suspect of failing but hopefully not after they fail. Something I’ve noticed recently about upgrading Satori is when it’s time to replace and upgrade, it really should be done right so it can last another 30 or 40 years. I don’t expect electrical appliances to fit this upgrade plan so I am shooting for a 10 year cycle on appliances. Today I also hit a crossroads with getting access to the port-side fuel tank top valve assembly. I needed a very specific angle in order to reach up with a wrench but there really wasn’t anywhere except right where the manual bilge pump intake hose is located. I decided to pull the hose for access which is a great excuse for replacing it after I’m done. Another project for a rainy day, which we have many here in Seattle.  I spent this evening reassembling the fuel intake hoses from the engine all the way to each tank, including a new junction to join both tanks and the Dickinson diesel stove. I’m pleased with the new routing of the fuel hose as they seem to be much more out of the way and the entire assembly went together so well.

A new junction from both tanks to the Racor filter and out to the diesel stove.
A new junction from both tanks to the Racor filter and out to the diesel stove.

I took extra care to find some nice wall mounting clamps that fit well around the hose and hold securely to the engine room walls. I also double-clamped everything except the hose barbs on the engine. They aren’t long enough but I also think it’s not that big of a deal as the new hose is still far better than what was on there. I believe it was the same hose from when the engine was installed. After I finished the intake system I began disassembling the return system and discovered that the old brass hardware looks salvageable aside from adding a proper hose barb and terminal for the other end of the T. I also removed the old sight-glass system that was once used to gauge the level of the fuel tanks. There is a valve on the bottom of the old sight-glass that I will add another terminal to close off the supply from the unused valve and then I’m ready for the final install and then bleeding of the lines.